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Future remains unclear for many Northeast Ohio post offices
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says the postal service must find new ways to generate revenue

Alison Ritchie

Ohio’s Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown says Congress and the U.S. Postal Service must work together to cut costs and avoid massive layoffs next year. The agency announced Tuesday it’s delaying the closure of many of its post offices, including processing centers in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and Steubenville. The centers that were set to close early next year will remain open until at least May. Supporters of the moratorium argued that closures would result in thousands of job losses and disrupt mail delivery. 

Brown says the postal service must explore new ways to generate revenue.

Brown says the postal service can explore different options

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“Notary Services. New media services. The postal service can’t ship beer and wine," said Brown. "They could contract with state and local agencies to provide various services. Post offices in many communities are sort of social centers too for people. There’s no reason they couldn’t do some entrepreneurial things at the post offices in inner-city neighborhoods and rural areas.” 

Brown is sponsoring a bill that he says would help to solve many of the immediate financial problems. The bill would eliminate the requirement that the post office pre-fund 75 years’ worth of heath care benefits for its retirees.  

Listener Comments:

Give the money back that has already been socked away. I don't think they could cough it up.. They also want pay freeze for two year min. Just stop Sat. delivery already you would not have so many people on the unemployment line. This BILL,FOR BENIFITS.NO OTHER AGENCY MAKES THIS REQUIRMENT.And another thing, Why not ship beer and wine??

Posted by: Rina (Marietta) on January 2, 2012 8:01AM
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